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With a win tonight against Toronto, the Predators can essentially guarantee a top 2 finish in the Central barring Minnesota making up a 5-game deficit in the ROW column.

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Nashville Predators News

Stanley Cup odds: Nashville Predators are the new favorites to win it all | CBSSports.com
They like us! They really like us!

Central Division Roundup

The Blackhawks Adjust to the View From the Bottom | The New York Times
Oh, I love this title....

Should he stay or should he go? Weighing Joel Quenneville's fate with Blackhawks | Chicago Sun-Times
And another. Can't say it's Q's fault that they are where they are, but three playoff victories total and worse results with each of the past three years may spur Bowman to seek a change.

Dallas Stars: If Stars miss the playoffs, one significant issue of discussion will revolve around Jamie Benn | SportsDay
Mike Heika, Stars beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team in a live chat recently.

Defenseman Ryan Murphy needs to show Wild what he can do. Like, now. | Twin Cities Pioneer Press
The youngster, now 24, ain't so young anymore.

Schwartz scores twice, Blues beat Bruins 2-1 in OT | CBSSports.com
ST. LOUIS (AP) Jaden Schwartz scored his second goal of the game 30 seconds into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

Around the Hockeyverse

NHL GM meetings wrap: Vegas to be spared from a Seattle draft | Sportsnet.ca
Some good info in this piece, including the fact that the Seattle squad will get the same entry draft odds in their first year that Vegas got.

Canada's NHL playoff hopes riding on two vastly different teams | Sportsnet.ca
Neither will make their respective Conference Finals, and I will laugh. (Lightning-Pens is my guess)